EXPOSED!! South-East, South South To Witness Bomb Blasts As FG Deployed More Military Assets To The Zones
The federal government has concluded plans to deploy more military assets, including troops, intelligence personnel and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to the South-east and South-south, THISDAY’s investigation has revealed.
The two regions, had, in recent weeks, come under attack by armed groups, who killed policemen as well as torched police stations and correctional facilities in Abia, Ebonyi, Imo, Anambra, Enugu, Akwa Ibom and Rivers States.
The security challenges in the two zones had engaged the attention of the National Security Council at its series of meetings held in Abuja and chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari.
At the last meeting last Tuesday, the council had given the security chiefs a fresh ultimatum of three weeks to check the rising insecurity in the country.
The council also announced that a new security strategy to contain violence in the two zones would be devised.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Alkali Usman, who also addressed State House correspondents after the meeting, declined to provide details about the new security strategy.
Also, the IG, in a wireless message with reference CB: 0900/DTS/DOPS/VOL.47/812X, titled “Attack on policemen, snatching of rifles by IPOB” warned police officers and personnel not to accompany their principals to Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Abia, Enugu, Imo and Rivers States until the security situation in the region improves.
However, it was learnt that security authorities were finalising plans for a massive troop and security assets deployment in the two zones to restore order.
A similar deployment was done in the two zones under the former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai (rtd), codenamed Operation Python Dance in the South-east and Operation Crocodile Smile in the South-south and South-west.
THISDAY gathered from security sources that the planned deployment is aimed at neutralising armed groups responsible for the killing of security agents and destruction of security formations in the two zones.
There have also been concerns that 11 years of insurgency and the recent upsurge of mass kidnappings by bandits across the country and the killing of policemen by armed groups in the South-east and South-south have combined to stretch, significantly, the capacity of security forces to contain non-state actors, who have taken up arms against the state.
A security source told THISDAY that the new security strategy for the two regions was aimed at neutralising armed groups as a disincentive to further violence in the two regions.
He said: “It is not more than deploying the Army because the police formations are overwhelmed. At the height of insurgency, police stations in Bauchi State were guarded by soldiers.
“I don’t see any other thing than the military, including the navy, air force playing the lead role in internal security in the regions instead of the police.
“The idea is that when armed groups go and destroy security formations and there is no response, they will be emboldened to go to other places but when they are neutralised, it will serve as a disincentive.”
Spokesman of the Nigerian Army, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Yerima, declined to comment on the security arrangements for the two regions when contacted by
New security measures: Genocide looms in S’East, S’South – Ex-DIG
Retired Deputy Inspector General of Police Ozo Celestine Okoye has raised fresh alarm over a looming genocide set to be unleashed on the South East and South South geopolitical zones following the withdrawal of security details of political appointees and top government functionaries in the area. Okoye who had earlier alleged a plot to create state of emergency in the two geopolitical zones challenged the Federal Government over the new security measures for the two geopolitical zones de-manding to know the reason the two zones should be singled out for a secret security arrangement despite the high level of criminality in the North East and other parts of the North. “This is a plot to create room for them to wipe out the South East and South South since our VIPs wouldn’t have security personnel attached to them,” Okoye said.
“The South East and South South are not the only areas where police stations were burnt, and the level of banditry, kidnapping and Boko Haram attacks in the North cannot be compared to the crisis in the Southern part of the country yet they did not withdrawn the security details of their governors, senators, speakers of state assemblies in the area.
“This may lead to yet another genocide in the old Eastern Region after the one that took place during the pogrom that happened before the Civil War in Nigeria.” Okoye further posited that the secrecy that is trailing the new security measures is a strong indication of the plot to perpetually silence the two geopolitical zones and totally cow the people of the zones. He said: “I was at the Force Headquarters a few days ago and everybody was looking at me as a stranger because I am saying the truth and they know that I am saying it the way it is and they don’t like it. But I have to say it for the sake of posterity, and history will judge me right.
“What is so special about the South East and South South that such a secret agenda is being set for the two geopolitical zones? What secret agenda did they set for the North East and North Central since Boko Haram and banditry started in those areas?” Okoye, however, urged the governors of the two geopolitical zones to rise up to the occasion and fine tune better and watertight security measures internally in order to avert the looming genocide in the area. “This plot came into play less than 24 hours after the 16 southern governors met in Asaba to discuss the fate of our people in the midst of security challenges in the area. “So there may be a plan already in place to counter whatever the governors had planned to do, and I urge them to fashion out an internal measure to avert this looming genocide,” he said.
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